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    Difference

    Might you explain to me what's difference?

    What book is this?
    What is this book?
    This is a black pen
    This pen is black

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    Re: Difference

    No one knows? I know it sounds simple, but I'd like to know, what differences between these sentences are.

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    Re: Difference

    Sorry Marcel. English really is a confusing language. The first sentence asks what TYPE of book it is - e.g. It is a textbook, notebook etc. The second one you ask when someone is talking about titles of books and you want to know what it is called.

    E.G. Person 1 - "Oh the descriptions in the book were so long and boring but the plotline was fascinating. I read through the whole series in 5 months!"
    Person 2 - "What book is this?"
    Person 1 - "Game of Thrones"

    The second - This is a black pen means a pen that you are holding or pointing at is black. This pen is black suggests that there are a lot of pens and out of that, one of them that you are pointing at is black.

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    Re: Difference

    Quote Originally Posted by teachforgood View Post
    Sorry Marcel. English really is a confusing language. The first sentence asks what TYPE of book it is - e.g. It is a textbook, notebook etc. The second one you ask when someone is talking about titles of books and you want to know what it is called.

    E.G. Person 1 - "Oh the descriptions in the book were so long and boring but the plotline was fascinating. I read through the whole series in 5 months!"
    Person 2 - "What book is this?"
    Person 1 - "Game of Thrones"

    The second - This is a black pen means a pen that you are holding or pointing at is black. This pen is black suggests that there are a lot of pens and out of that, one of them that you are pointing at is black.
    Yes, agreed with your brief explanation about sentence differences.
    Last edited by HenryLin; 10-Oct-2014 at 12:08.

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